Thursday, August 29, 2013

Gibraltar

Interestingly, at lunch today I learned that Gibraltar, the large rock island at the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea on the western end, comes from an Arabic name. It was called Jebel (Mountain) Tarek (after the Arab commander.)

Apparently in the books about ancient Hercules, Gibraltar was part of the columns of Hercules that dotted the western boundary of the Great Sea, but Gibraltar is the only column partially standing. I'm sure there's much more to the story that I will soon learn.

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